My name is Amy, which means be•loved: dearly loved : dear to the heart.
I am an author, speaker, and entrepreneur.
It is nearly destructive for me to not feed a creative outlet. When I am not experimenting in the kitchen or embarrassing my two teens, I have been known to decorate and spray paint anything that stays still. I also pull weeds in the backyard in my humble attempt to replicate my grandmother’s rose garden.
A transplanted northern girl, I call Augusta, GA home. I still miss the snow but tall backyard pines and the southern charm of folks has compensated. I share life with a grace-filled husband, Troy. Our daughter Shelby (21) is a singer, graduate school applicant and a fashionable vintage soul. Her brother Mitchell (19) is a guitar-playing, wickedly funny fisherman who also happens to edit my radio show.
I had no idea that being a mom could teach me so very much about myself.
Writing has always been my refuge.
With degrees in both English and Counseling, I have been in the marketing and communication field for more than 20 years with a passion for grassroots community work that is truly making a difference in the world.
I was the Co-Founder and Director of Development for The Lydia Project, a nonprofit that now serves thousands of women across the country utilizing hundreds of volunteers, with supportive services for cancer patients and their families. My foundational involvement resulted in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for a ministry that now includes a 5,000 square foot facility located in Augusta, Georgia.
Later I worked with Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia as an integral part of opening the first culinary school and upscale restaurant owned and operated by Goodwill Industries, creating innovative employment options in their “hand up, not hand out” vision. This campus is now viewed as an inspiration to other Goodwill organizations across the globe.
Most recently as a storyteller for Vi Bella Jewelry, I published stories from Haiti and oversaw both print and online communications for this international company that provides life-changing work for artisans in deeply impoverished villages in Haiti and Mexico.
I’ve been honored to write for collections such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts Magazine, and our local newspaper. I have one co authored book “A God Of All Seasons” which released in August, 2017.
I also speak at conferences and retreats on a variety of topics.
Let’s connect on social media, and hopefully in person!
Amy (Blue Jean Girl)
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